Passionate About Being Passionate: Are We Really Missional?

This is absolutely brilliant. Liam Neeson kills me in this sketch.

As I watched him, I couldn’t help but think about that if you swapped the word “comedy” for “missional” it would sound like many conversations I’ve heard recently. Missional is such a buzz word. So many are saying they want to be missional, but don’t really understand what they are asking for. We end up being passionate about being passionate. We get excited without knowing what we want. As Christians we get consumed with the next greatest thing because it’s the next greatest thing. Think about the “purpose driven” or “emergent” movements.

So if we’re going to use the term “missional,” we at least better know what we’re talking about. Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch in their wonderful book, The Shape of Things to Come give us a starting point.

” The missional church is incarnational, not attractional, in it’s ecclesiology. By incarnational we mean it does not create sanctified spaces into which unbelievers must come to encounter the gospel. Rather, the missional church disassembles itself and seeps into the cracks and crevices of a society in order to be Christ to those who don’t yet know him.

The missional church is messianic, not dualistic, in it’s spirituality. That is, it adopts the worldview of Jesus the Messiah, rather than that of the GrecoRoman empire. Instead of seeing the world as divided between the sacred (religious) and profane (non-religous), like Christ it sees the world and God’s place in it as holistic and integrated.

The missional church adopts an apostolic, rather than a hierarchical, mode of leadership. By apostolic we mean a mode of leadership that recognizes the fivefold model detailed by Paul in Ephesians 6. It abandons the triangular hierarchies of the traditional church and embraces a biblical, flat-leadership community that unleashes the gifts of evangelism, apostleship, and prophecy, as well as the currently popular pastoral and teaching gifts. “

Ultimately we must recognize that being missional is not a program or something we should do – it’s is a way of life for both the church and the believer. We can’t be more missional… we either are missional or we are not.

In returning back to Liam, he was convinced that he was funny, but had no clue about the truth. For him to become funny, he would have to let go of what he was and embrace what he was to become. He can’t be both. To become incarnational, messianic and apostolic we must let go of the past biases, presuppositions, traditions in order to look forward, with clear eyes, to how the Lord is moving in the world around us. Once we begin to see the world this way, then we can join Him in His work.

Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?


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